PLUS

Session 3: Envelope

Series: Organised by Javier Castañón and Manja van de Worp
Date: Wednesday 27 February 2013
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 106 mins

PLUS is a series of three debates showcasing the dynamics of the design process.  Primarily aimed at 2nd and 4th Year students to complement their TS courses the debates are also open to all interested attendees. 

PLUS was born to address the richness that remains hidden behind every design. It is here to reveal the unsuspected depth in the design process and discovers new horizons by placing people with different backgrounds in design next to one another. PLUS unites experts from different fields to express their viewpoint on a design topic in order to search for links and conflicts centred around a current design driver in architecture. Respondents and those attending the event will start the discussion following the experts’ contributions, and feed their own vision and expertise into the design process dynamic. 

The third and final PLUS event in the series will question the definition of the envelope and its purpose within architecture and design: from iconography, to increases in health and living qualities, to adaptive skins and how this drives collaborations between all different parties in the building design process. The panel of experts will present the envelope as an (inter)active skin that engages with a variety of environments, technologies, histories and people. 



All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.


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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.

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